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Big Red Machine disqualified

  • The St. Augustine’s College Big Red Machine senior girls’ 4x100 meter relay team was disqualified yesterday at the Penn Relay. The team posted the fourth fastest time heading into the final. Picture courtesy of BAAA

Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: Apr 28, 2012

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The St. Augustine’s College Big Red Machine senior girls sprint relay team was hoping to add another title with a win at the Penn Relays.

The team was selected to take part in the 4x100 meter event at the meet, which ends today at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, by the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) after winning the National High School Track and Field title.

But that goal was dashed for Devynne Charlton, Shaunae Miller, Makeya White and Taj Dorsett. The Big Red Machine was disqualified yesterday in the final, after posting the fourth fastest time for small schools on Thursday. The top three fastest times were turned in by schools from Jamaica, St. Jago, Herbert Morrison and Vere Technical. St. Jago’s time was 46.79 seconds, Herbert Morrison followed in 47.25 seconds and Vere Technical’s time was 47.53 seconds.

Winning that event and stopping the clock at 46.26 seconds was Holmwood Tech from Christiana, Jamaica. The team from Gardena, Canada, Junipero Serra was second in 46.69 seconds and St. Elizabeth Technical third in 46.82 seconds. A squad from Jack Hayward also ran in that meet. Their time, 52.11 seconds, ranked them 102. Running on the team were Ruddesha Strachan, Deibre Forbes, Kianna Knowles and Regia Penn.

In the college women’s 4x100m championship of America, Bahamian Nivea Smith ran second leg for Auburn University. She teamed up with Alycia Prior, Kai Selvon and Cece Williams. They ran 44.86 for fifth. Texas A&M won in 43.87 seconds and LSU was second and UCF third.

Amara Jones started the race for her collegiate team Savannah State, which posted the 11th fastest time in the 4x200m (1:38.83).

On the field, the Big Red Machine’s Antonique Butler took part in the girls triple jump event and Danielle Gibson in the long jump.

Butler’s best was 11.74 (38-6.25), which ranked her seventh overall. The leap of 5.71m ranked Gibson fifth. Chanice Porter won the event with 5.92m.

The Penn Relays will wrap-up today. The Bahamas is expected to compete in the USA vs the World relay events which will run today.

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